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  • Night of Metal in Downtown Abilene August 15, 2020
    Enjoy live music featuring Murderous Affliction, Crafting the Conspiracy, One Last Attempt and Cinephilia. B.Y.O.B., no glass containers.
  • Parkside August 15, 2020
    Enjoy a burger and live music featuring Parkside.
  • Tony Barker & LaLa LadyBugs August 15, 2020
    Celebrate International Day of the Hippie with some miniature golf and live music featuring Tony Barker and special guests LaLa LadyBugs.
  • Rock & Roar with Josh Ward August 15, 2020
    Bring chairs or a blanket and grab a lakeside seat for this open-air event. The Abilene Zoo welcomes Abilenian Kirk House to open for our headliner Josh Ward! Beer, wine and barbecue will be available for purchase and the entire zoo will be open to enjoy. Visit the animals in the cool of the evening!
  • Sing and Dance with Joe McDermott August 14, 2020
    Sing and dance with Austin singer/songwriter Joe McDermott at this outdoor event hosted by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and Young Audiences of Abilene. Choose from two showtimes, Friday evening or Saturday morning, and register early because this outdoor event has limited capacity. Families stay six 6 feet apart, and masks are required for adults […]

Skip through the park to the lively tunes of local bands and performing groups, all while learning about world conservation this Saturday (April 22nd) from 9am-4pm at The Abilene Zoo.

$7-Adults; $6-Seniors; $4.50-Children ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Underwritten by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Abilene.

Congrats, Nanci Liles!

Visit Abilene, Texas is thrilled to announce that our very own distinguished tourism industry veteran,Nanci Liles, Executive Director, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Gene Phillips Hospitality Award.

This prestigious award was presented by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at ceremonies held last night during the annual Texas Travel Counselors Conference in Amarillo. The award recognizes Liles’s distinguished career and her longstanding efforts on behalf of TxDOT’s Travel Information Centers and the state’s annual $68.7 billion travel industry.

Liles is well-known in the Texas travel industry, having headed the Abilene CVB for over 32 years. The Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) has recognized her with two of its highest honors, the Tall in Texas Award in 2008 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She has also held leadership positions with TTIA, the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and the Texas Forts Trail, as well as being active in the Abilene community. She is a key advocate for the industry, working closely with legislators and other key decision makers to boost awareness of the importance of travel to the Texas economy.

“To have such an esteemed leader in the travel and tourism industry, right here in Abilene, continues to be one of our communities biggest assets,” Doug Peters, Abilene Chamber CEO said. “Her talent and , but her drive is what has brought Abilene immense success. Through her work, Abilene has seen billions of dollars pumped into our economy for through tourism, and equally as important, she has created a strong brand reputation and valuable partnerships that will continue to help Abilene prosper for generations.”

This award also recognizes Liles’s long-standing support of TxDOT’s Travel Information Centers. She keeps in close touch with TxDOT travel counselors, making sure they have the latest information on tourism opportunities in Abilene for their visitors. Under her direction, Abilene has served as the host city for the Texas Travel Counselors Conference and for the TTIA Study Tour on multiple occasions.

The Gene Phillips Hospitality Award is named in honor of the late Gene Phillips, who managed Aquarena Springs in San Marcos and was an influential, driving force in the emerging tourism industry during the 1970s. Each year the award is presented by TxDOT Travel Information Division staff and recognizes one person for his or her outstanding lifetime accomplishments within the Texas travel and tourism industry.

Thank you for your service to Abilene, Nanci!

#visitabilene #abileneproud #ourbossrocks

Happy Sunday! Thank you, Natasha Dosa, for capturing one of God’s beautiful creations over Abilene.

Family Travel Magazine CALF Cover

It’s getting closer and closer to everyone’s favorite time of the year, CALF Festival! Read Family Travel magazine‘s cover of the 2017 CALF Children’s Art & Literacy Festival in Storybook Capital of Texas June 6th-8th! This year Abilene will be hosting Garth Williams, famously known for Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Little House book series! It’s never too early to stop in and get your CALF tickets today!

2017 Key City Blues Festival

Join us Friday night and Saturday night (April 28th – April 29th) at the 2017 Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival for fabulous blues music under the West Texas sky with a variety of vendor small shops and food trucks! End your weekend with our Sunday (April 30th) Gospel Brunch. Headliners include Samantha Fish, Malina Moye, Albert Cummings, Jimmy D. Lane, and Damon Fowler. Local blues favorites will also be on stage. Benefiting the United Way.

Rest in peace, Doug.

Dear Doug Hodel,

Thank you for investing in me.

Thank you for finding my treasures, for wandering my streets and back roads, exploring everything I have to offer, so beautifully, and inspiring others to do the same.

I’m so grateful to have spent so much time in front of your lens and for the work you did to share my stories.

You made me, and countless others, better.

You are loved, friend.

All my love,

Happy Friday!


Happy Friday in Abilene! Abilene’s economy was just boosted by $2 million by signing a 4 year contract with the Texas High School Powerlifting State Championship! Special thanks to Abilene Lone Star Power and Performance, Rochelle, Taylor County Expo Center staff, Debi Walls Schultz (ACVB sports), and Abilene High School and Cooper high school for making this all happen for our community! #visitabilene #FABilene #playinABI

We would like to welcome all who are coming to Abilene this week! These events will generate a total of $845,900 into Abilene’s economy!

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Business Expo 2017

Head to the Abilene Convention Center for the 2017 Business Expo this Wednesday from 10 am to 4:30 pm! A business to business networking event that showcases more than 200 exhibitors with more than 6,000 in attendance. Hosted by the Abilene Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce.

– $5 for non chamber members

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Happy 1 Year!!

Happy 1 year to our friends over at The Food Park in Downtown Abilene! Go try out their food, you won’t be disappointed! Want tp see who’s parked? Check out their website for a live calendar:

#abifoodpark #visitabilene

I Am Abilene


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